Blanton Museum and Capital Area Food Bank of Texas Co-Present Special Screening and Hungry In America Panel Discussion

The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin and the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (CAFB) are presenting a special screening of "DIVE!," a documentary by Jeremy Seifert, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker and others on Thursday, Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m. in The Blanton Auditorium. Attendees are encouraged to bring a healthy canned good for admission to the event.

For one in six Americans today, hunger is a reality. "DIVE!," an award-winning film, explores the paradox of wasted food and record levels of hunger in America. Following the screening, the filmmaker and a panel of local experts will discuss the issues raised in the film and how Austinites can play an active role in solving this problem.

Hungry in America panelists include:

  • Elizabeth Engelhardt, associate professor in the Department of American Studies and author of "Republic of Barbecue: Stories Beyond the Brisket"
  • Hank Perret, president and CEO of Capital Area Food Bank
  • Ronda Rutledge, city of Austin Sustainable Food Policy Board
  • Jeremy Seifert, "DIVE!" filmmaker
  • Monica Williams, Giving City Austin founding editor (moderator)

As part of this unique collaboration with the CAFB, The Blanton will host a food drive from Sept. 15-30. Visitors to the museum who contribute canned goods such as tuna, chicken, beef ravioli and fruit in light syrup (preferably with pop-tops) will receive $1 off admission with their donation during the run of the food drive, Sept. 15-30. (A total of $1 off one regularly priced admission will be given, regardless the number of cans donated.)